This week Dan Hipp goes back to ’78, Michael Alan Nelson discusses being an outcast, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey get there cowboy boots on, Brandon Graham opens his sketchbook, Mike Mignola talks ghost films, Chrissie Zullo dumps, Mike Carey works with his family, Skottie Young draws Ratfish, Brian Wood lets us know what he’s doing, David Aja gives us a sneak peek, Jeff Lemire is happy and Stan Lee does Shakespeare.
- Dan Hipp pays homage to the 1978 cartoon ‘Battle of the Planets’:
- Michael Alan Nelson has a chat with Wayne Hall about Malignant Man and his new series Outcast. Click HERE to listen.
- Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey were interviewed by USA Today about All-Star Western. Here’s a tidbit:
"It was great how many people stepped outside their comfort zone to pick up the book based on what was going on with the whole DC Universe. It seems a lot of them were very pleasantly surprised and were interested in going back and finding the Hex issues, which is always nice," says Gray, who co-wrote 70 issues of the recent Jonah Hex series as well as a graphic novel with Palmiotti.
"Some people just say automatically, 'Well, I don't like Westerns. I don't like history,'" Palmiotti adds. "And we have a lot of those same people coming up to us and saying, 'I would have never read a Jonah Hex book but I gave this one a shot.' We knew we had one chance to get the readers involved, and it looks like it turned out pretty well."
- Brandon Graham has a great new post on his blog with some killer illustrations, including this sketchbook page:
- Mike Mignola talks to Adult Swim about ghost movies. Here’s a taster:
Are there many ghost stories told from the perspective of the ghost? How do you feel about those?
Sure. It's not an uncommon thing. There's a wonderful story by an author I can't remember, probably not 1800's but in the '40s or '50s. Tours would come in to visit this haunted house, and the story is told from the point of view of the ghost, and he's complaining about the things that they have to do because these people are coming. That may be a whole genre within ghost stories, the "poor, put-upon ghost." But again, there's such a great variety in these ghost stories that almost nobody's using for anything.
Is there a particular strain of ghost stories that you feel you're an apologist for?
No, because nobody knows about them so I've never had to defend them. They don't come up in conversation. Same with film. Most people, when you get around to talking about good ghost movies, almost everybody I talk to of my generation, we have the same very short list. There's a couple more than the ones that I mentioned, but it's a pretty small handful. And again, mostly not any of the contemporary stuff.
- Chrissie Zulo has some great new art to show off, including this sketch dump of NYCC commissions:
- Mike Carey has just written a novel with his wife Lin and daughter Louise. it’s called The Steel Seraglio and it’s coming in March of next year. Here’s what it’s about:
The sultan Bokhari Al-Bokhari of Bessa has 365 concubines — until a violent coup puts the city in the hands of the religious zealot Hakkim Mehdad. Hakkim has no use for the pleasures of the flesh: he condemns the women first to exile and then to death.
Cast into the desert, the concubines must rely on themselves and each other to escape from the new sultan’s fanatical pursuit. But their goals go beyond mere survival: with the aid of the champions who emerge from among them, they intend to topple the usurper and retake Bessa from the repressive power that now controls it.
The assassin, Zuleika, whose hands are weapons.
The seer, Rem, whose tears are ink.
The wise Gursoon, who was the dead sultan’s canniest advisor.
The camel-thief, Anwar Das, who offers his lying tongue to the concubines’ cause.
Together, they must forge the women of the harem into an army, a seraglio of steel, and use it to conquer a city. But even if they succeed, their troubles will just be beginning — because their most dangerous enemy is within their own number…
- Skottie Young posted a bunch of stuff on his deviantART page including this awesome Ratfish pinup:
- Brian Wood, who’s tumblr blog is fantastic, shared a whole host of things - preview images for his upcoming ‘Massive’, Q&A, cool little posts and this update about his upcoming work:
January - The Massive, w/ Kristian Donaldson, 3-part prequel in DHP.
January - Wolverine & The X-Men mini-series w/ Mark Brooks, Roland Boschi
February - Conan ongoing, w/ Becky Cloonan
(sometime around here) - Channel Zero omnibus (if a 300pp book counts as that)
June - The Massive ongoing starts
December - DMZ ends
February - Supernatural mini-series ends
March - Northlanders ends
There are two additional projects I am in the process of getting approved. These are both creator-owned, smaller projects. Once those are knows, that’s pretty much me set for awhile. Gonna be a busy 2012. To think, earlier in the year I was in a state of perpetual panic-attack, wondering if I even had a career in comics anymore.
- David Aja gives us a sneak peak at Secret Avengers #18, namely the Master of Kung Fu doing his thing:
- Jeff Lemire’s pretty stoked about having Animal Man go to a third printing. Here’s what he has to say about it:
I can’t express how happy I am with the success of Animal Man, its a book I care deeply about. Travel Foreman, Lovern Kindzierski and I are pouring our hearts into each issue and it’s a real thrill to see so many people responding. Scott Snyder and I just got back from New York where we had a series of meetings with editor Joey Cavalieri, Group Editor Matt Idelson as well as Bob Harras and Eddie Berganza. We laid out our ambitious plans for both Animal Man and Swamp Thing, and I think I can safely say that no one will be able to guess what’s coming next. We have a huge story planned that’s filled with adventure, horror and drama. The Baker family is in for quite a ride, and I hope all the fans and readers will stick around to see what we have planned!
- Stan Lee narrates the trailer to his forthcoming Graphic Novel Romeo and Juliet: The War: